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Artemis Fowl Release Date Delayed by Disney
10 May 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Irish newcomer Ferdia Walsh in 'Artemis Fowl'.
The scheduled release date for the first installment of Eoin Colfer's best-selling series of the same name, which is directed by Kenneth Branagh, has been delayed to May 2020.

Colfer took to Twitter to announce the news to fans, “Dear #FowlFans, Disney released some updated information today regarding their upcoming movie scheduling following on from the #Disney/#Fox merger. It looks like you will need to wait a little longer for #ArtemisFowl to hit cinemas.”

“The new release date is May 2020. Let’s hope this extra time will enable their hardworking team to double the amount of fairies and flatulence,” he continued. “We’ll bring you more information as we get it. Thank you all for your patience, love and infectious excitement for the movie.”

Filmed on location in Northern Ireland, England and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, the film is now expected to release on May 29th, 2020 – a US public holiday, which is expected to draw in a larger crowd.

The book, which has sold more than 21 million copies across 44 different languages worldwide, was adapted for the screen by award-winning playwright Conor McPherson.

Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies that may be behind his father’s disappearance.

Newcomer and Kilkenny native Ferdia Shaw plays the title character, with Irish actress Lara McDonnell (‘Love, Rosie’) playing Captain Holly Short, a feisty, spirited elf, who is kidnapped by Artemis for a ransom of fairy gold.

In the underground fairy world of Haven City, Academy Award®-winner Dame Judi Dench (‘Skyfall’) plays Commander Root, the leader of the reconnaissance division of the LEPrecon, the fairy police force, and Josh Gad (‘Beauty and the Beast’) plays Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniac dwarf, who attempts to help rescue Holly.

Above ground, Nonso Anozie (‘Cinderella’) plays the Fowl family bodyguard, named Butler, and Tamara Smart (‘The Worst Witch’) plays Butler’s niece Juliet.  Miranda Raison (‘Murder on the Orient Express’) plays Artemis’ mother Angeline.

Other members of the cast include Josh McGuire (‘About Time’), Hong Chau (‘Downsizing’), Nikesh Patel (‘London Has Fallen’), Michael  Abubakar (‘Trust Me’), Jake Davies (‘A Brilliant Young Mind’), Rachel Denning (‘Doctor Who’), Matt Jessup (‘Dread’), Simone Kirby (‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’), Sally Messham (‘Allied’) and Adrian Scarborough (‘Les Misérables’).

Branagh brings back several members of his creative team, including Haris Zambarloukos, director of photography; Jim Clay, production designer; Patrick Doyle, composer; and Carol Hemming, hair and makeup designer—all of whom worked on Branagh’s 2017 directorial project, ‘Murder on the Orient Express.’ The costume designer is Sammy Sheldon Differ (‘Assassin's Creed’), and the film will be edited by Martin Walsh (‘Wonder Woman’).

The film is produced by Kenneth Branagh and Judy Hofflund, with Matthew Jenkins and Angus More Gordon serving as executive producers.





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